Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, territorial Mississippi has a complex history rife with fierce contention. Since 1540, when Hernando de Soto of Spain journeyed across the Atlantic and became the first European to stumble across its borders, the territory has been the center of passionate international disagreements. After numerous boundary shifts, Mississippi was finally admitted as the twentieth state of the Union on December 10, 1817.
In The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier, 1795--1817, Robert V. Haynes does more than recount history; he explores the political and diplomatic situations that led to the formation and expansion of the Mississippi Territory. Extensively researched and exceptionally written, Haynes details critical events in Mississippi's rich history, such as ongoing border violence, the arrest of infamous traitor Aaron Burr, and the bloody Creek War.
"Won the McLemore Prize given by the Mississippi Historical Society." --
""Rarely do we encounter an author who has so thoroughly mastered the sources, who so clearly understands the complex issues, and who shows such total familiarity with the major players. In addition, Haynes's prose is a genuine pleasure to read."--John D. W. Guice, coauthor of The Old Southwest, 1795--1830: Frontiers in Conflict" --
""Examines the turbulence of the territory's society in the last decades before statehood."-- Chronicle of Higher Education" --
""Haynes relates the story of the Mississippi territory during the time when it was the southwest corner of the United States.... [He] writes in an engaging style that makes this accessible to general readers."-- Book News" --
""This work will appeal to anyone interested in the political history of the Mississippi/Alabama area."-- Choice" --
""Haynes has written a rich book, which will be of much value to historians of the region and to historians of American expansion more broadly."-- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society" --
""A crowning achievement for a scholar who has devoted decades to studying the region... [this book] is essential reading for anyone interested in the emergence of statehood in the Old Southwest... [and] for those interested in learning more about the difficultuies in creating a modern society in post-Revolutionary America."-- Southern Historian" --
""Haynes makes the story of early Mississippi interesting.... The study fits nicely into the early political history of the South."-- Journal of American History" --
""Anyone interested in the history of the frontier, early America, the early U.S. South and the history of Mississippi will find this work enjoyable and educational."-- Bowling Green Daily News" --
""This book represents a rare combination of mastery of sources, clarity of analysis, and brilliant prose spiced with expressive and entertaining quotations. Haynes immerses himself so deeply into the manuscripts that he seems to read the thoughts of the people about whom he writes -- to peer into their souls, so to speak." -- Journal of Mississippi History" --
""A highly detailed reconstruction of the personal quarrels, political disputes, and international tensions that inundated Mississippi Territory from 1795 to 1817...Haynes has used an array of sources to bring readers this crisply written account."-- The Journal of Southern History" --
""An essential book on the complex and colorful period between the organization of the Mississippi Territory in 1795 and its division into the state of Mississippi and the Alabama Territory in 1817."-- Alabama Review" --